ESSENTIAL resurfacing work is to take place on the A55 westbound between Junction 35 Dobshill and Junction 34 Ewloe.
In order to maintain the condition of the carriageway, protect the safety of the travelling public and to remove the risk of increasing unplanned closures the resurfacing work is essential.
Not carrying out this work would lead to further deterioration of the carriageway resulting in unplanned emergency closures causing more disruption and inconvenience than planned works. The new carriageway will also be quieter than the existing surface.
To minimise disruption as much as possible the work is being carried out at weekends and at night. For the safety of motorists and to allow the work to set one lane will be closed westbound on weekdays.
The work is scheduled to begin on 29 February and is programmed to last for four weeks, depending on weather conditions, but every effort will be made to finish ahead of schedule if that is possible.
The work will consist of four weekends of 24/7 working with a full A55 westbound closure from J36 Warren to J34 Ewloe with diversions in place. During the week there will be full overnight A55 westbound closure with diversions. A full westbound closure allows work to be carried out on both lanes at the same time, reducing the amount of time needed to complete the work.
The planning for this work has been agreed with Flintshire County Council.
Transport Minister Ken Skates said: “It is essential that this work is carried out to maintain and improve the condition of the A55. Every effort is being made to minimise disruption as much as possible and to complete the work as quickly as possible.
“Not carrying out this work would result in more and more unplanned emergency closures which would be far more disruptive than these planned works. It is vital the carriageway is maintained and resurfaced for the safety of the travelling public.
“I would urge the travelling public to follow the signage on the A55 while this work is in progress, and I thank them and local residents for their co-operation and patience.
“I imagine all motorists support the maintenance and improvement of our roads, which, inevitably requires work to be carried out on them. This work will be undertaken in a way that minimises disruption”.
The resurfacing works will be the first planned daytime lane closure on the A55 since 11 October last year. There will be no planned daytime lane closures from the end of these resurfacing works until September, at the earliest, between Junction 11 Llandygai and the English border.
Road users can find out the latest information on the Traffic Wales website or Twitter channel.
Further resurfacing work to replace worn carriageway will be required on the A55 in the Ewloe to Broughton area and A483 Pulford to Wrexham over the next few years and full details will be provided in advance of these taking place.